Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey MP

Biography

Ed Vaizey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot.

Education

Ed was educated at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

He was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 2006 to 2010. In 2004 he became a political speech writer. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010.

Career outside politics

After university he worked as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996 to 2004 he was director of a public relations company.

Personal life

Ed is married with 2 children.

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

BIS responsibilities:

  • digital economy
  • digital entrepreneurship
  • cyber and business resilience
  • digital skills
  • EU single digital market
  • senior relationship management of Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Huawei and other digital industry companies
  • Co-chair of the Smart Cities Forum

DCMS responsibilities:

  • broadband delivery (also including mobile infrastructure project)
  • telecommunications policy
  • media policy
  • creative industries
  • culture

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Cyber security ‘myths’ putting a third of SME revenue at risk

    • 25 February 2015
    • News story
  2. Government cracks down on nuisance calling companies

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. £82,600 needed to catch a fly

    • 24 February 2015
    • News story
  4. Chinese drinks company Wuliangye sign landmark sponsorship deal with Philharmonia Orchestra

    • 23 February 2015
    • News story
  5. Ed Vaizey's speech to Drive to Digital

    • 10 February 2015
    • Speech
  6. Radio listeners to benefit from major digital radio expansion

    • 6 February 2015
    • Press release
  7. Government to boost connectivity and promote growth through publicly owned digital infrastructure

    • 3 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Minister blocks export of 17th century painting

    • 2 February 2015
    • News story
  9. Government announces boost for community radio stations

    • 22 January 2015
    • Press release
  10. At risk of export: A ‘lost’ Tyndale Translation? The earliest English version of Erasmus’s ‘Handbook of the Christian knight.’

    • 14 January 2015
    • News story